Offensive outburst lifts Stockton to top of West

The Stockton Thunder are off to their best start since the 2006-07 season with a 7-1-1 mark through nine games. Stockton has gone 7-0-1 in its last eight games after losing its season opener. The Thunder won three games in three days over the weekend, outscoring their opposition 18-6 in the process.


On Friday, the Thunder defeated Bakersfield 6-1. Justin Maylan (2g-1a) and Harrison Reed (2a) posted multiple points in the win, while Cody Reichard recorded his second win of the season with 19 saves.


Stockton kept the offensive firepower going on Saturday in a 7-4 win over Alaska. Philippe Cornet opened the scoring 6:27 into the contest, and added three assists, while Toni Rajala continued his strong start to the season with three points (2g-1a). Tyler Bunz earned the win in goal, making 28 saves.


The Thunder ended the weekend with a 5-1 win against the Aces on Sunday. Five different Stockton players tallied goals in the win, while Reed (1g-2a) Rajala (1g-1a) and Maylan (1g-1a) enjoyed multiple-point games. Bunz once again recorded the win with 30 saves.


Bunz has won his last four starts, and is tied for second in the league with five wins and is sixth with a 2.12 goals-against average. Rajala is tied for the team lead in scoring, and is tied for second among ECHL rookies, with 11 points (6g-5a), all of which have come during his current six-game point streak. Fellow first-year player Maylan is tied for fourth among rookies with nine points (5g-4a).


Stockton hits the ice just once this week, making its first visit to the Cow Palace to meet San Francisco on Friday.